Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard faces his ex-teammates on the Toronto Raptors Monday for the first time since he helped bring Toronto its first NBA Finals title in June.
Leonard, 29, opted to return to his home city in free agency last summer after his one memorable year spent with the Raptors. His signing with the Clippers gave Los Angeles its second star-studded team, and so far his three-year contract has paid off: The Clippers are 6-3 to start the season and Leonard (29 points, 5.4 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game) is performing as well as he ever has.
The Raptors aren’t performing so poorly without No. 2 around this season, though. They’re off to an even hotter (7-2) start through nine games. Forward Pascal Siakam (27.4 points, 3.7 assists and 9.4 rebounds per game) has drastically improved as the team’s new primary scoring option. 2018-19’s depth players — like OG Anunoby — are stepping out of Leonard’s shadow and logging key minutes.
That brings us to Monday’s cross-conference matchup as the Clippers host the Raptors at the Staples Center at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Toronto lost key players Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to injuries last week against the Pelicans, but Siakam, Anunoby and co. will still expect to play a competitive game against Leonard and the Clippers.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Raptors vs. Clippers as Kawhi Leonard faces his old team for the first time since they won the 2019 NBA Finals. Follow along below.
Raptors vs. Clippers score
Raptors vs. Clippers live score, updates and highlights
12:32 a.m. ET — The Raptors call a timeout with 9:11 remaining. They trail Los Angeles 82-79.
12:30 a.m. ET — The Clippers take a one-point lead with a three-point shot. 10 minutes remain in the game.
End of Quarter 3 — Raptors 77, Clippers 73
12:25 a.m. — Raptors rookie Matt Thomas knocks down a three to take a 75-72 lead. He has six points so far on Monday. VanVleet is able to extend Toronto’s lead to three points after being fouled, and Thomas knocks down a bank shot to end the third quarter.
12:20 a.m. ET — Clippers guard Landry Shamet is helped off the court after falling while on defense.
12:13 a.m. ET — The Raptors continue their fantastic defense on Leonard (seven turnovers), but VanVleet misses a clear layup. The Raptors remain down by two (67-65) with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter.
12:09 a.m. ET — Toronto’s Powell drives to the net and slams a dunk for his 15th points of the game, a Raptors team-high.
12:05 a.m. ET — Five consecutive missed shots by the Clippers result in a breakaway for Toronto’s Powell, but he is fouled. The Clippers take a timeout with a three-point lead, 58-55.
Clippers just had eight offensive rebounds inn a single possession, and failed to score a single point. Ivica Zubac’s face says it all. pic.twitter.com/nvJlvUbiZK
— Clipper Insider (@clipperinsider) November 12, 2019
12:03 a.m. ET — Fred VanVleet is given a technical foul for arguing with the referees during a Clippers possession.
11:57 p.m. ET — It takes a full 90 seconds for either team to score to start the second half, but Los Angeles’ Landy Shamet puts up a three to open the scoring once more.
End of Quarter 2 — Raptors 46, Clippers 51
11:36 p.m. ET — A flurry of missed shots and wild turnovers in the last few minutes of the half. Patrick Beverley’s layup takes a 49-36 lead for the Clippers just before the half ends, and Toronto’s Powell takes an offensive foul with 0.5 seconds left. Patrick Beverley takes two free throws and sinks both to end the quarter. The Clippers lead 51-46.
11:27 p.m. ET — Leonard’s fourth turnover of the night causes analysts to note how well Nick Nurse and the Raptors have planned to defend their former teammate.
Kawhi just committed his 4th turnover. He’s played 16 minutes without a FG (0-for-5). Credit to Nurse and his sleepless night of game prep, Hollis-Jefferson, who has been excellent, and several others that have done a great job trapping him.
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) November 12, 2019
11:25 p.m. ET — Siakam slams a dunk home after a pretty feed from Gasol.
11:20 p.m. ET — Clippers center Montrezl Harrell draws a foul for a potential three-point play. Raptors remain ahead, 35-33, during a timeout.
11:14 p.m. ET — The Clippers go on a 10-1 run and briefly take back the lead, but Toronto quickly regains the lead.
End of Quarter 1 — Raptors 23, Clippers 15
11:04 p.m. ET — Toronto’s Marc Gasol draws a charging foul. The teams trade missed shots until Raptors’ Chris Boucher hits a three-point shot to extend Toronto’s lead to seven points.
10:58 p.m. ET — Norman Powell hits one of two foul shots and the Raptors take a 10-9 lead with five minutes left in the first quarter.
10:55 p.m. ET — Sportsnet reports that OG Anunoby has a poked right eye and will not return to Monday’s game. The Raptors confirmed this report minutes later.
10:52 p.m. ET — Siakam sinks a floater to cut Toronto’s deficit to three points. The Clippers take a timeout.
10:43 p.m. ET — Play is stopped less than two minutes into the game after Raptors forward OG Anunoby goes down with an injury. Kawhi Leonard hit 22-year-old Anunoby in the eye as he collected a rebound. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was given a technical foul for protesting after play continued while Anunoby laid on the ground.
Anunoby has left the court for now, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has entered the game in his place.
10:41 p.m. ET — The Raptors win the opening tip, but Patrick Beverley earns the first points of Monday’s contest with a layup.
10:38 p.m. ET — Here is the Raptors’ starting five against the Clippers: VanVleet, Powell, Anunoby, Siakam, and Gasol. The Clippers’ starters? Beverley, Shamet, Leonard, Patterson, Zubac.